8 Useful Tips to Design Your Home with Vintage Finds

Homes that layer in different styles are dynamic and interesting. Having the entire space done in single style can get monotonous and having some vintage finds here and there can really brighten up the space. Those who like vintage collection need to always keep their eyes open at flea markets where you really get great stuff at throw-away prices. When decorating with vintage finds, the biggest challenge that comes is how to make appealing displays that don’t look too cluttered and actually gels with the place.

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We design and decorate our homes so that they look welcoming, vibrant, and give us the relaxation of being at home. Home is the place where you can recharge yourself and get ready to take the world head on. You should always strive to make your homes look charming and add ambience while letting the vintage finds add historical interest to your home.

When you decide to add some vintage collections to your dream house, the following questions normally haunt the homeowners.

• How exactly should we design the home with vintage finds?

• How to find the right stuff and from where?

• How to make the vintage items look appealing without taking over our house?

• How much will it cost?

You can get great stuff from antique shops, but that can be slightly heavy on the pocket. If you have an eye to pick up the pieces, the flea market is a great place to get stuff at very cheap rates. Let’s see how to design our homes with these vintage finds to make them appealing.

1. It is good to break the monotony of the place, but if you end up with too much mixing your eyes wouldn’t know where to land. The net result is that you wind up confused and unhappy. The room or the space that gives that welcoming vibe is one that seeks some common ground, where everything finds a way to get along. So, your vintage piece should get along with the remaining aesthetically without overpowering anything.

2. Depending on your taste and preference, you can use vintage wallpaper in unique room designs that use the past for inspiration. When such vintage wallpaper-draped walls are paired with modern design elements, they add interesting historical tension to the space. It is a perfect symphony of the past and present.

3. Equal distribution is the key. If you have half the room that is ultra-modern and the other half that is like the 19th century, the difference gets overwhelming. So, you need to merge multiple styles intelligently and place them strategically so that they are a treat to the eye and not otherwise.

4. Everyone needs friends and it goes with the furniture as well. You might laugh at this argument thinking why non-living things need a friend. The truth, however, is that it needs. Give each piece at least one companion who shares a colour, style, or finish. If you keep any piece that is single and solitary, it will give out lonesome vibes. It will feel like the odd man out and believe me you or anyone in that room will be able to feel that loneliness.

5. Any small vintage piece that you pick up from the market can be displayed in unlikely places. That makes it look interesting and adds a glam factor to the overall look. For instance, if you picked up some vintage bookends or some distinctive-looking bowls you can place those in your bookrack. Very unusual place to keep a bowl, but it will add visual interest to the display!

6. Colour coordination is another thing that makes the place interesting and adds to the warmth and vibrancy. Try to add complementary colours together.

7. Vintage pieces are a unique addition to any room and are usually very reasonably priced, but if you feel that it is still getting heavy on the pocket you have the other way round. You can mix the old and new together. Have a vintage table and match it with new chairs that gel with it and the combination will easily fall within your budget.

8. If you have a creative instinct in you, you can turn architectural elements into art. Small handpicked vintage items from flea markets and antique stores can be placed together in a subtle but striking presentation. This presentation can then be made the focus of the room.

Vintage finds are readily available. All you need to have is a flair and eye for it. Designing the home with vintage finds is a time-consuming job, but the results are awesome. Start by finding something you love and then make room for it and cherish the impact it has on the place. If done properly, your vintage finds and antique collections will make your home look outstanding.

Manmeet Singh

I currently hold the editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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